Pop quiz

February 29, 2008 at 12:09 am

I’ve been painting with some new paintbrushes lately. They’re synthetic, and I am totally in love with them.

Pop quiz: Can you tell which brush has been used with phthalo blue?

Barbara J Carter’s paintbrushes

These synthetic brushes work amazingly well with acrylic paint. It makes sense: acrylic paint is synthetic, so it’s highly compatible with synthetic brushes.

But that phthalo blue… it stains like crazy! Oh, the paint washes out of the brush just fine. But it leaves behind a very permanent stain. I can easily tell which of my new brushes have touched phthalo.

Phthalo… it’s forever!

Entry filed under: Acrylic, Paintbrushes, Painting, Palette.

“Trees on the Ridge” painting Back to Phthalo Blue

Barbara J Carter

I'm an artist. I make paintings with dots.

I work in acrylic paint, in a couple of distinct styles: landscapes and abstracts.

Native to California, I've lived elsewhere and only recently returned to my home state. I now live in Los Angeles.

I mostly show my art in outdoor festivals in California. I also occasionally show my work in art galleries or open studio events. You can see an up-to-date list of upcoming shows on my website (click here).

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